Monday, November 16, 2009

Patience - November 16


Thoughts on the Patient Endurance of Sorrows and Sufferings


Confido et Conquesco

Fret not, pour soul, while doubt and fear
Disturb thy breast;
The pitying angels, who can see
How vain thy wild regret must be,
Say, "Trust and rest."

Plan, not nor scheme - but calmly wait;
His choice is best:
While blind and erring is thy sight,
His wisdom sees and judges right;
So trust and rest.

Strive not, nor struggle; thy poor might
can never wrest
The meanest thing to serve thy will;
All power is His alone; be still,
And trust and rest.

Desire not; self-love is strong
Within thy breast
And yet, He loves thee better still,
So let Him do His loving will­
And trust and rest.

What dost thou fear? His wisdom reigns
Supreme confessed:
His power is infinite; His love
Thy deepest, fondest dreams above - ­
So trust and rest.

-Adelaide A. Procter.
Compiled and Edited by Rev. F. X. Lasance
Author of "My Prayerbook," etc.

1937, Benziger Brothers
Printers to the Holy Apostolic See

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